Visio a software product from Microsoft allows users to create flowcharts and diagrams. There are a couple of licencing options available. The two listed below are subscription based.
If starting out with Visio our recommendation is the Visio 1 plan. This gives basic functionality and is accessed via the internet. If you are a more experienced user and require additional functionality then Visio Plan 2 may be more suitable. It allows the software to be downloaded to your desktop, has more templates, AutoCAD compatibility and more. A list of features is outlined below for both plans.
|Features||Visio Plan 1||Visio Plan 2|
|Create block diagrams, flowcharts, timelines, and Specification and Description Language (SDL) diagrams||X||X|
|Share work via a web-based link, attachement, image or PDF||X||X|
|Store and share work with 2GB of OneDrive storage||X||X|
|Access Visio via internet connection||X||X|
|Ability to install Visio on a desktop computer||X|
|Templates and shapes that meet industry standards such as BPMN 2.0, UML 2.5 and IEEE||X|
|Draw or annotate using pen, finger or ink||X|
|Additional data overlay, icons, colours and graphics||X|
|Enhanced support for AutoCAD drawings||X|
|Installation on mulitiple computer/devices per user||X|
|Connect diagrams to external data sources||X|
|Export to Microsoft Flow, Word, Excel data visualizer and Powerpoint slide snippets||X|
Price range for the Visio plans are roughly $8-25* per month dependent on plan, and other subscriptions.
Visio is still available to purchase as a once off purchase – Visio Professional 2019. Though it is a rather an expensive outlay if you are wanting to try out the tool for your business (almost AUD$1,000).
A subscription has benefits in that the software is always up to date, and in the Visio 2 plan downloadable to multiple devices per user. Whereas the purchase once option can only be installed on one device at any given time.
*Pricing is ball park figure, given only as a guide.